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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Nitrate

United Water Pennsylvania

Nitrate, a fertilizer chemical, frequently contaminates drinking water due to agricultural and urban runoff, and discharges from municipal wastewater treatment plants and septic tanks. Excessive nitrate in water can cause oxygen deprivation in infants and increase the risk of cancer. Click here to read more about nitrate.

 

12

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

10

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
20121.69 ppm21ND - 3.38 ppm
20131.76 ppm21ND - 3.51 ppm
20143.00 ppm222.10 ppm - 3.90 ppm
20152.10 ppm220.590 ppm - 3.60 ppm
20162.14 ppm220.280 ppm - 4.00 ppm
20172.22 ppm220.740 ppm - 3.70 ppm

ppm = parts per million

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.14 ppm

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.14 ppm for nitrate was defined by EWG . This health guideline protects against cancer and harm to fetal growth and development.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 10 ppm

The legal limit for nitrate, established in 1962, was developed to protect infants from acute methemoglobinemia, a life-threatening disorder of oxygen transport in the body. This limit does not fully protect against the risk of cancer and harm to the developing fetus.

ppm = parts per million

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-02-01HUMMELSTOWN3.38 ppm
2012-07-121221337ND
2013-02-0413046563.51 ppm
2013-08-081334217ND
2014-02-1110713490023.90 ppm
2014-07-1620180260012.10 ppm
2015-02-02124816083.60 ppm
2015-07-06129775180.590 ppm
2016-01-08138367884.00 ppm
2016-08-08148606390.280 ppm
2017-02-08157546803.70 ppm
2017-08-07165229730.740 ppm